Arsenal have failed in an audacious bid to bring Manchester United star Michael Carrick to the Emirates this summer, reports the Daily Star.
The 31-year-old England international had been one of United's best players last season and this was reflected on the pitch as he made 48 appearances for the Red Devils.
His form was also acknowledged of the pitch, as he was voted into the PFA Premier League team-of-the-season for the 2012-2013 campaign, alongside the likes of David de Gea and Robin van Persie.
And it is the form he showed last season that has earned the defensive-midfielder many admirers, including Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
It is known that Wenger is a big fan of Carrick already, after he admitted that Carrick was his choice for the PFA Player of the Season.
The Frenchman said of Carrick earlier last season: "He is a quality passer. He could play for Barcelona, he would be perfectly suited to their game. He has good vision and is an intelligent player."
And it seems that Wenger's interest in the player has intensified this summer, as the Gunners look for star signings that can end their on-going trophy drought. But United chiefs have been quick to block any moves for Carrick, with manager David Moyes insisting that the England international is going nowhere quick.
As well as the Gunners, Turkish outfit Galatasaray have also been credited with an interest in the former Spurs man. They saw their potential interest knocked back by Moyes too, but have ended their pursuit of Carrick following the signing of Felipe Melo from Juventus on a permanent basis last week.
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